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Sausage-Stuffed Delicata Squash
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Sausage- Stuffed Delicata Squash

Sausage-Stuffed Delicata Squash- Naturally sweet Delicata squash is roasted and stuffed with savory Fall favorites like pork sausage, apples, kale(or spinach), cranberries,pecans and fresh herbs. A perfect side dish to make or take to your Thanksgiving/Holiday celebrations. {Gluten-free, Paleo, and Grain-free}
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -12 servings
Calories: 331kcal


  • 3 medium Delicata squash about 1 lb. each, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 3 tsp. olive oil divided (or coconut oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage or ground chicken sausage
  • cup chopped onion 1 small
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups torn fresh kale stems removed
  • 1 small apple diced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves or1 tsp dried
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries look for brands with no added sugar
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans chopped
  • Drizzle pure maple syrup optional


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush cut sides of squash with 1 tsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Place cup side up on a baking sheet. Roast until tender (about 25-30 mins.)
  • While squash is roasting, heat remaining 2 tsp olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, onion, and garlic. Cook until sausage is browned and onion is translucent, stirring to break sausage apart (approx.10 mins.) Add kale, apples, rosemary, thyme, sage and additional salt and pepper if needed. Continue to cook until the kale turns bright green and becomes tender (approx. 5-8 minutes). Stir in cranberries and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Spoon sausage mixture evenly into squash halves. And sprinkle with toasted pecans.
  • Optional step- preheat broiler and arrange stuffed squash halves on foil lined baking sheet . Drizzle with maple syrup. Broil until the tops of stuffing and squash are golden brown (approx. 5 mins).


Serving Size= 1/2 squash stuffed . If serving as a side dish you may want to cut each squash half in two ( creating 12 side servings)
Squash and Sausage filling can be prepared a day ahead of time. Store squash and sausage mixture separately. Heat the squash ( cover squash in foil and heat in oven at 350F for about 10 minutes) and sausage mixture ( in pan on stove) and assemble, garnishing with pecans just before serving. Or , line a baking sheet with foil and assemble squash and sausage mixture. Add a light drizzle of maple syrup and broil in oven for approx. 5-7 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14.4g | Saturated Fat: 8.5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 645mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 4.4g